A very different and exciting KAP sani2c is set to take place from 2-5 December 2020 (The Adventure is from 2-4 December, and the Race is 3-5 December), with a smaller field and no longer a Trail version of the event. The elite race will provide the usual high level of competition, with SA’s top teams confirming their entries.
The KAP sani2c is one of the oldest and the largest three-day mountain bike stage race in the country, with 265km of spectacular trails between Underberg and Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. Two versions of the three-day event take place over four days.
Founder of KAP sani2c, ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw, says: “We need a 2020 sani2c. We need it for the communities along our route who depend on income from the event, and we need it for the riders who are desperate to get out and enjoy the best three days of riding available in SA.
“Many 2020 entrants deferred their entry to our May 2021 dates, as December is a difficult time for people to get away for three days. This has facilitated compliance with COVID-19 regulations and we look forward to an event that will resemble the early sani2c days of the mid-2000s. The experience will be different to the May event in that we are riding in summer and everything will be green, with high temperatures and possibly wet conditions.”
COVID-19 protocols will be in place and social distancing will be encouraged. With three sani2c venues that can each cater for up to 1500 riders, the event is well-placed to manage the much smaller groups. Contact at registration will be kept to a minimum and will largely be done online before arrival. Screening will be conducted and a contact register will record all attendees’ details.
Batches will be smaller and 25 teams per batch will set off each day. Start time on Day 2 takes into account the high temperatures expected on a long tough day of riding, and will be at first light.
The Solo category was created for the 2020 event due to a demand, and to accommodate riders whose partners are unable to attend. “If your mate pulls out at the last minute, you will be able to switch your entry to a Solo one if you are not able to find a replacement partner in time,” says Farmer Glen.
The elite line-up is filled with the best of SA marathon mountain biking: Matt Beers is riding with Wessel Botha (NanoTime), Arno du Toit and Gert Heyns (DSV Pro Cycling) are confirmed entries, along with Matthys Beukes, Philip Buys and Pieter du Toit from PYGA Euro Steel. In the women’s race confirmed entries are dormakaba’s Amy Mc Dougall and Robyn de Groot, and Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph for team Galileo Risk-Infiniti.
In 2020 the Young Guns’ category (teams with both riders aged 19-23) will include a second and third team prize for men and women, with a total purse of R60k (R15k for 1st, R10k for second and R5k for third).
“We look forward to sharing the usual sani2c magic and hospitality, while hosting a very competitive elite race. We do still have some entries available for the Race and you can enter up until 23 November. Join us next month for a unique sani2c experience,” says Glen.
Dates for May 2021 facilitate shifted start days so that the Race finishes on the Sunday rather than the usual Saturday finish. The Adventure is Thursday 13 May – Saturday 15 May and the Race is Friday 14 May – Sunday 16 May. Entries for 2021 will be open on the website from Friday 4 December.
Enter the 2020 KAP sani2c at www.sani2c.co.za
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